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NEW! Covid-19 Information

How do I prevent myself and my family from catching COVID-19?

What are the symptoms of COVID- 19?
Symptoms generally are fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.

How are people diagnosed with COVID-19?
There are two ways a person can be diagnosed with COVID-19:
1. ) A clinician diagnosis without laboratory testing or
2.) Laboratory confirmation of the cornoavirus-19
To read more, click HERE

If I test positive for COVID-19 or identified as a close contact of a positive case, will I be contact by the Health Department? YES!We will make every effort to contact you by telephone. In fact, you may hear from us before getting a call from your doctor or the hospital.  If we weren’t provided with a phone number for you, we will contact you by USPS mail. Your privacy is important to us and your personal information is held in the strictest of confidence. No identifying information will ever be released to the public. If you wish to see a simplified interview sheet, click HERECase surveillance and contact tracing is extremely important in fighting back against the pandemic.

What does it mean if the Board of Health or my doctor told me to ISOLATE?

Read Isolation Orders HERE

What does it mean if the Board of Health told me I am a contact and to QUARANTINE? 
Read Quarantine Orders HERE


logoContact:  Judy Metcalf, RS., CHO
                Director of Public Health
Address: Town Hall, 126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
Phone: 413-967-9615
Fax: 413-967-9646
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-12:30 and 1-4:00

Board of Health Members
Name                               Title
Michael Juda                 Chairman     2021
Jennifer McMartin        Member       2022
Katrina Velle                  Member       2023

Name                                        Title                                               Telephone
Judy Metcalf RS., CHO         Director of Public Health           413-967-9615 x 111
Finn McCool                           Health Inspector                          413-967-9615 x 116
Betty Barlow                           Administrative Assistant            413-967-9615 x 110
Carrie Latulippe, RN             Public Health Nurse                    413-967-9615 x 112
 Edward Kent Jr.                      Plumbing Inspector                    413-967-9615
Michael Pluta                           Asst. Plumbing Inspector          413-967-9615
Thomas Kularski                     Animal Inspector

Mission Statement
The mission of the Ware Board of Health is to address public health needs, protect and improve the health and quality of life in the community, offer education resources and promulgate and enforce local, state and national regulations as required by law.

The objective of the Board of Health is to assure effective and deliverable public health programs, services and regulations. To do so, the Board provides timely response, collaborates with other local town departments, neighboring communities, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP), businesses, academic institutions and other professional organizations. Staff and Board members keep current on the latest advances in public health science, current policy-making trends and emerging public health needs in the community.

Duties and Responsibilities
The primary duties of the Board of Health center on enforcing the provisions of the State Sanitary and Environmental Codes under the jurisdiction of the Board of Health.